Giving credit where credit is due is an important and highly regarded concept in academic work. It is the way we acknowledge the many foundations on which our own endeavors are built. Citing is not something created just to annoy you. It is a fundamental aspect of being someone who learns.
A citation should be created when:
Common sense rules:
When attribution is not given for other people’s work or ideas, that is known as plagiarism. Sometimes the intent is malicious and meant to deceive, but in many cases, plagiarism is the unintentional result of bad note-taking, rushing to complete a project or "borrowing" sections of code. Accidental plagiarism can happen in any field.
Each of The Claremont Colleges has their own code of ethics with regard to plagiarism and academic integrity. Please review your campus standards on their website by searching "plagiarism" or review your student handbook.
Citation Managers are tools to help you keep track of your citations as you research and to create/format your citations and bibliography. For example, Zotero allows you to keep citations, full text articles, and other research resources organized in one place. You can also use these tools to format your bibliographies and the notes/citations in your papers according to the appropriate style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).
Watch this video to learn more about Zotero